Friday 25 June 2010
So, he was born a month ago today... all was great, he was 9 lb 2 oz and I am relieved to have him here in the world safely. We're all settling into our new ways okay... there is a fair bit of yelling going on, but I'm confident it will pass.
Apologies for the absence... I fear it may last a little longer!
Monday 3 May 2010
But, those knitting needles? Click, clack, click, clack. I'm in heaven!
I've finished this unborn childs second pair of shoes... I know, daft. I am fully aware that babies don't wear shoes, but those cute little bootie patterns - irresistible! (Saartje's Booties, ravelry link here). That's it though. I've moved on to some serious functional knitting.
I really wanted to knit the boy a cardigan. He likes cardigans over jumpers really, but I couldn't find a pattern I was happy with, so I have opted for the placket neck jumper from Last Minute Knitted Gifts. I am knitting it in this super-soft Stylecraft 100% merino.
But, anyone have any ideas how to get me off this sofa and up into that sewing room?
Sunday 11 April 2010
I am loving knitting at the moment and now feel quite lost that I have nothing on the go... not sure what I can get click-clacking on next? Perhaps something for the boy... poor chap has not been knitted anything yet.
Both projects are in my Ravelry. The jacket here and the boots here. Both projects are free ones, the jacket from here and the boots here, and both were really great quick knits... highly recommended. The only concern I have is that the booties really are tiny. I think if I made them again, I would make them longer in the foot. They currently measure up at 7cm heel to toe... I know babies are small, but 7cm? Besides, it looks like I'm cooking up a nine and a half pounder in here.
Tuesday 30 March 2010
Saturday 27 March 2010
Saturday 20 March 2010
Backstitch the online store selling fabric and patterns opened it's virtual doors yesterday.
I hope you like it... it has taken some time and some more effort, but I am pleased with the result.
Please feel free to spread the word!
Monday 15 March 2010
Monday 22 February 2010
Our little boy has been lost in a world of poorly... for almost 2 weeks now. First scarlet fever, and now tonsillitis and a double ear infection. He is just starting his second round of antibiotics, and is dosed up with painkillers.
He is not himself at all and I want him back... I miss him.
So, not much of anything going on around here other than getting through the days and nights and hoping that things improve and that our fun-loving, creative and thoughtful boy comes back soon.
Wednesday 17 February 2010
The ironing board was grubby and with rusty bits and the cover, if you could call it that, was pinned on very badly with multi-coloured drawing pins. Also, when you ironed it gave off a nasty whiff... Nice. I did take some before pictures, but it was so long ago that I cannot find them.
It took me ages and ages to recover it, and I have been doing it in stages, but it is complete. I stripped it down and beeswaxed the wood, tacked on some new luscious thick felt, and have just recently added some jolly red canvas.
Ta-da! One brand new spanking delicious ironing board.
I love it.
Edited to ad: Can I just make it clear that I only iron for sewing purposes, oh, and weddings and interviews. I didn't want anyone getting the wrong idea about me and ironing.
Oooooh, and I have been very slack. A few weeks ago, Petit Filoux awarded me my very first blogging award. A Sunshine Award. It is 'awarded to bloggers whose positivity & creativity inspires others in the blog world'... do you hear that? Can you imagine!
Well, I am dead chuffed, thank you Petit Filoux, and sorry for being so slow with my response... real life has been getting in the way of this one.
I am going to be a bit naughty and not pass it on, but please do all have a look over on the right there and take a look at a few of the very many blogs that I follow. And go and check out Petit Filoux... that girl is a whirlwind of creativity.
And, bring on the sunshine.
Sunday 14 February 2010
Happy Valentine's everyone. We don't really celebrate Valentine's day in this house with any seriousness. Occasionally, if the other is lucky we might present a card. Like a lot of the world we try to celebrate our love and togetherness in small ways every day, and rather rebel at being told to show love.
However, I did feel compelled to make my love a small lavender pillow to keep his smalls scented. With a heart on one side and a swallow on the other. As well as some rather dubious homo erotic and criminal meanings, swallows also symbolise love and loyalty as they choose a mate for life.
And B? He made bagels... what more could a girl ask for?
Monday 25 January 2010
I've started on my next project... a quilt for the Backstitch blog (which will be up and running soon) I was basting it at the weekend which is a bit of a job with an expanding bump!
Wednesday 13 January 2010
I liked the look of this 'Lucy's Kimono' in Heather Ross's Weekend Sewing. Like a lot of people in the Flickr pool I did have some trouble with bunching where the sleeve seam meets the main body, but it is not too bad.
I made an error with the shoulders too - the shoulder seams meet each sleeve in a different place, but again, it hasn't effected the overall appearance too much.
I used a red flannelette so it's all cosy, and some floral bias binding that I got from my local yarn shop... I bought them out when I saw it! I think if I do this pattern again I will do a snap closure on the inside (rather than another tie) like some others on Flickr have done. I think a snap would be more practical.